The Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road International Speedbowl is one of the most prestigious races of the year in New England. It always brings together a strong car count and strong field of drivers, and the 2017 edition of the race is no different. 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch will be going after the Governor’s Cup trophy, and to do so he’ll have to beat the Governor himself for it.


Busch, who has been doing a lot of Late Model racing so far this year, will be making his debut at Thunder Road on Thursday night before he heads up to Loudon, New Hampshire for the races this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


300x250 Summer Thunder 2017.07.13 (Busch)“I always enjoying finding new tracks around the country to race at and it works out this week to make a stop in Vermont on Thursday to race the Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road Speedbowl before hitting the track at New Hampshire on Friday,” Busch said. “It looks like a cool quarter-mile, high-banked track, so it should be a lot of fun and the fans in the New England area are always great to race in front of.”


Governor Phil Scott, who will be in the race against Busch, said he is thrilled to have a recent NASCAR champion in the race to shine a spotlight on his hometown race track.


“It certainly is great for the area, for Thunder Road and for fans and drivers alike,” Governor Scott told powered by JEGS. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of that a number of times with Ken Schrader, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and now Kyle Busch.  It certainly does ramp the excitement up a bit.  The fans appreciate seeing a NASCAR driver coming to the track and some of the best in the business coming to face off against the locals.  It makes for an interesting dynamic and for the NASCAR drivers that come to drive, to race, they find that the track may be a little bit more difficult than anticipated and that it is one of the toughest short tracks in America.”


Busch, a former Oxford 250 winner, will be racing a car prepared by local racer Nick Sweet. Sweet has won the Vermont Governor’s Cup four times, as well as the Milk Bowl, Memorial Day Classic and Labor Day Classic.


“I have a friend that works with a team on the ACT Tour that helped me get in a competitive car that’ll be prepared by Nick Sweet, who finished second when I won the Oxford 250 in 2011 and has won this race four times, so I’m looking forward to getting on the track Thursday and seeing how we stack up against the competition,” Busch said. “For all the fans around the country that can’t make it out there on Thursday, has you covered with their Summer Thunder TV.”


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-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

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